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Black and Latino youths more likely to end up in county crime-prevention program. Experts say it works.

YAT, short for the Youth Accountability Team, is a program run by the Riverside County Probation Department with the mission of diverting at-risk youths from the criminal justice system. According to the Probation Department’s website, YAT has intervention teams in 17 school districts who work with students between ages of 12 and 17 who struggle with substance abuse, mental health, poor academics, defiance and other problematic behaviors.

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